Last Wednesday 16 July FUNdamentally GOSPEL held their summer concert at Christ Church Beckenham. Their uplifting mix of pop, gospel and world music drew a large crowd, and they raised a whopping £670 for Community Music in Action.
Choir member and charity trustee Sarah Richardson spoke about recent CMIA-funded projects, and highlighted our need for volunteers in our upcoming projects. If you have some time to spare and are interested in finding out more please contact Becky at email@example.com
Thanks to everyone who supported the event as a performer or audience member, and for all those working hard behind the scenes to make it such a success. It was a fantastic evening and the money raised will go a long way towards funding other brilliant music projects in our local community.
Just a reminder that FUNdamentally GOSPEL‘s much anticipated sizzling summer showdown is taking place THIS Wednesday 16th July at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at Christ Church Beckenham, Fairfield Road, Beckenham, BR3 3LE.
That’s right, they’re going back to where it all began. It’s a stone’s throw from Beckenham Junction/Clock House stations with plenty of parking on hand too so there’s no excuse not to come revel in their uplifting mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music. Expect everything from soul classics to Sister Act via Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. There’ll be some Kirk Franklin and Vashawn Mitchell too for all you gospel groover geeks.
Entry is by donation with all profits going to Community Music In Action.
Launched in January 2010, FUNdamentally GOSPEL is an exciting choir for residents of Beckenham and the local area, providing them with the opportunity to sing as a community whilst having lots of fun! Open to any adult with a passion for singing, regardless of experience, the choir rehearses on a weekly basis in central Beckenham. New members are always welcome. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Local Beckenham choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL (whose members set up Community Music in Action), took part in some informal ‘busking’ at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Locks Bottom last Saturday.
They performed their current repertoire in the foyer of the hospital, spreading cheer and happiness to those visiting. It was a great success and we ended up raising £212.29 for the hospital. Not bad for an afternoon’s singing!
On Monday 24th February we popped in to see Carers Bromley Choir, who are now in their second term of rehearsals. Community Music In Action and Carers Bromley are funding the project 50/50 for a further term and Cathy Davies of ‘Just Voices’ is continuing to lead the choir.
It was great to see all the same faces from last term along with some new members. Over the past few weeks Cathy and the choir have been brushing up on some of their old songs as well as adding some new songs to their repertoire. The choir are currently learning ‘California Dreaming’ and a cracking little number in which the Tenors, Altos and Sopranos get to have a bit of a sing off! All in all we were very impressed by how professional the choir sounded and looked. They are really growing in confidence and it is such a pleasure to see.
Furthermore, Carers Bromley Choir have been invited to perform at two events. On Thursday 13th March they will be performing at Community House in Bromley and on Saturday 12th July they will be taking part in the ‘Carefree Concert’ at St Johns Church, Beckenham. Watch this space for more details.
The Carers Bromley Choir project has and continues to be such a success. After conducting an evaluation of the first term we’ve had some fantastic feedback. Here are just a few of the carer’s comments:
“I like the informality and no one asks why if
we cannot attend. I just love it!”
“The choir is uplifting and fun. We laugh and enjoy ourselves”
“It’s great meeting like minded people who enjoy singing
and being able to forget our problems at home for a while”
“However worrying and frustrating things are
I know that Monday morning is Choir!”
Carers Bromley Choir rehearse every Monday morning at Bromley Common Baptist Church from 10am – 12 noon. New members are welcomed.
It seems like only yesterday that we were rushing around getting ready for Christmas, and suddenly it’s all over and here we are in 2014!
2013 was a busy year for Community Music In Action, with no less than four projects taking place. Rehearsals resumed for the Carers Bromley Choir on Monday 13 January, and we look forward to hearing what they have planned for this term. Many thanks to Sarah for volunteering with the choir last term, and for her lively and informative weekly blogs.
Local Beckenham choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL held their Winter Concert on the 14 December, with all proceeds going to CMIA. I’m pleased to announce it was another huge success, with uplifting music, a packed house, and a whopping £886 raised. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it such a fun evening!
Here is one of the songs from the concert – ‘Joyful, Joyful’ (feat. Sarah Archard). Enjoy!
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat! Carers Choir are working hard to perfect their own interpretations of well known Christmas carols. Check out their version of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.
The choir will be singing this and other festive tunes at their next performance:
Carers Bromley Christmas Gathering
Monday 16th December at 10.00am
Carers Bromley Head Quarters
2nd Floor, Caritas House
Carers Bromley Choir debut performance
On Tuesday 29th October, Carers Choir delivered their first performance at the BME Active Citizens Awards. Performing to an audience of around 50, the choir sang three songs and were so well received that the audience joined in!
Andrew Stickells, Communications and Information Projects Officer for Community Links Bromley, who organised the event, gave these comments…….
“I just wanted to say how fantastic the Carers Choir were, they brought a smile to so many people at our BME Active Citizens Awards, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have had them there. It is astounding that they have been together such as short amount of time and have achieved so much, and what lovely people they all are! Please extend my thanks on behalf of CLB to the whole group and the women from Just Voices!
5 Minute Interview
Veronica Moloney, ‘New’ Carers Choir Member
Who do you care for?
Mainly my husband, but also my 100 year old mother who is in a nursing home.
How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
3-4 hours a day.
What’s your background?
I am a retired Health Visitor and also a trained nurse and midwife. I worked in Uganda for 2 years and various other hospitals. I have two sons and four grand children.
How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
At our support group meetings.
Why did you decide to join?
I’ve wanted to join an informal singing group for some time. I was unable to attend the first few sessions of the choir as I had to help train a new carer.
As a newcomer, how have you found the singing sessions so far?
Very enjoyable and fun; just what I needed!
What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
The chance to really switch off from caring but still be with people in similar situations. I find it relaxing and fun to use my voice.
What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
Pass! I love it all! I used to sing around camp fires as a scout leader and I’ve also sung with a large hospital choir – the best experience was singing ’Messiah’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
What word would you use to sum up your experience of Carers Bromley Choir so far?